Delve Into Performance Art as Social Practice

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Express Yourself

How can you use art to explore your own identity and social issues?

That’s what instructor Alex Berry focuses on in her Performance Art and Social Practice class. We asked her to share more about what inspired her to teach it and what you’ll learn when you join her.

How long have you been teaching Performance Art and Social Practice?

This is my first time teaching this class for Seattle Central College.

I previously taught this course for the Experimental College at UW in 2015.

What inspired you to teach it?

After finishing my MFA, I had a desire to continue practicing performance art but I also wanted to expose its relatively unknown platform to the general public.

Performance art, as a multidisciplinary medium, allows artists and students to focus on social issues and concepts as the driving force of the work, and present these ideas through the use of the human body.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Performance art can benefit anyone, whether they are artists or medical practitioners or engineers.

This class is about taking risks outside of your ordinary practice or daily life in order to examine personal interests and pressing social issues.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

Collaboration between students is always dependent on the individual students of each class.

It’s interesting to see how ideas, communication, and bodies differ, interact, affect and — at times — challenge one another.

Key Takeaways

  1. Gain knowledge of a generally unknown way of communicating ideas and creative pursuits
  2. Learn to collaborate with others using various disciplines such as writing, video art, and installation
  3. Gain an opportunity to explore their own body as a medium for expressing their ideas, without limiting it to strictly dance, movement, or acting

How to Find Your Audience on Social Media

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How to Find Your Audience on Social Media | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Let Your Purpose Guide Your Plan

Guest post by instructor Allison Durazzi

Social media is a fast-changing area of our digital lives, both personally and professionally.

Leaping into new channels can be fun and interesting — those Snapchat filters #amirite? But before you jump into a new channel for your company’s online presence, it’s smart to first determine why you want to communicate, and then do a little research on who’s using which apps.

Here’s how to determine which social media channels are the best places for your limited time and resources.

Why Social Media?

Having a Facebook page just to have one is like building a website just because.

“Just because” may work for personal projects with little to no stakes. Your business, however, needs a reason for claiming digital real estate and asking users to participate.

Social media is a marketing tool, like a website or a brochure. There’s an implied agreement that you will interact with people on social media.

Before you get started, ask yourself, “what is the goal of being on social media?” Understanding your goals will help you determine who you want to reach.

For example, are you trying to position your company as a best-place-to-work employer? Or do you want to expand into retail? These are two very different purposes with distinct audiences, so understanding your priorities is a key element in communicating with the right people.

Who Are You Talking With?

Along with why you’re engaging in social media, you need to be clear on who you are talking to. This is your target audience.

Using the example goals above, your potential employees may be 20-something engineers just out of college. They have no kids, are single, and have a high household income. The people who shop for your product at the supermarket, however, may be 35-year old parents who never graduated from college and have a middle-income household.

Research shows that these two groups use social media differently. Your potential employees are more likely to be on Facebook, while your potential customers will be on Instagram. So knowing which group is your target audience will help you determine the right channel for your social media effort.

Developing a profile for your target audience is easy, but it will take some time. Start by listing what you already know about them. Answer as many of the following as possible for your target audience:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Income
  • Education level
  • Are they primarily on mobile devices or desktops?
  • Where do they get their news?
  • What websites do they like to visit?
  • Where do they live (city, suburb, rural)?
  • What do they do for a living?
  • Ethnicity

If you don’t know all the above, that’s okay. You can fill in the blanks with free online surveys using tools like Survey Monkey or Google Forms.

Another technique you can try is to search for people on social media. The success of this technique will vary depending on a person’s privacy settings.

If you know a specific customer, look her up on Facebook. Or, you can find people who are fans of a competitor’s Facebook page. Look for what Facebook pages she likes, her ratings and reviews of restaurants and retail stores, and maybe even other info like her college, employer, and interests, to complete your audience profile.

Next Steps

Once you’ve got a good picture of who your audience is and which channels to focus on, you can start putting together your social media plan.

One of our recent students was looking for help with a personal project about offbeat food and drink places in the Pacific Northwest. Some of her additional considerations were the time she could devote to the project (evenings and weekends) and the content she wanted to share (photos and videos). As she developed her social media plan, she eliminated plans to share on Facebook and Snapchat. Instead, she’s focused her primary efforts on Instagram. Over the last year, engagement on her posts has doubled and she continues to build a community of enthusiasts for offbeat dining in the area.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can use social media to promote your personal or professional goals, please join us for our Introduction to Social Media Marketing class.

How Does Your Cannabis Garden Grow?

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How Does Your Cannabis Garden Grow? | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Is it Sticky and Green?

If you’re a medical marijuana patient in Washington state, it should be!

As a patient with a valid recommendation, you can legally grow up to four cannabis plants; but if you’re registered in the state database, you may grow at least six plants and up to a maximum of fifteen plants — based on approval from your healthcare professional.

That’s a lot of green — which can save you a lot of green! — but that’s not the only reason you should consider cultivating your own plants.

For all of the strain varieties available on the recreational marijuana market, it doesn’t come close in scope when compared with the great diversity of genetics available.

Also, being your own gardener means you can better control the end product; not only can you regulate the types of chemicals used to fertilize your cannabis, you can learn to grow without traditional fertilizers by building a good, living substrate.

Even in a small space, such as a closet or in a small grow tent, amateur gardeners can harvest several ounces from each plant after a few weeks. But between planting your first seeds and harvesting your plant, there are a number of steps that you must take to ensure a healthy and bountiful return.

For the patient depending on safe, reliable marijuana, getting it right is key. That’s why the Cannabis Institute at Seattle Central College is busy preparing a Growing Cannabis at Home course. This 10-hour online course includes the following, plus a whole lot more:

  • The physiology of the plant
  • How to create an indoor growing space
  • Substrate tips
  • Circulation and light requirements
  • Nutrient options
  • Harvesting and curing 

If you’re interested in learning how to grow your own cannabis, consider signing up for our course! You can join our email list and we’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Learn the Language of the Web in Coding Dojo Bootcamps

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The New Language of Business

Coding may seem like a little bit of science and a little bit of magic, but it’s actually more similar to learning how to write a recipe in a foreign language. And, instead of you or someone you know making that recipe, your robot friend comes along and does all the work for you.

While the demand for developers is currently outpacing supply and getting into the field is a great career move, even having a basic understanding of different programming languages is fast becoming an essential skill for a wide array of jobs. The more you know about how software is created, the better you’ll be at requesting — and getting! — what you need from your tech team. Even small business owners will be better prepared to consult with tech consultants, and be confident that they’re communicating their ideas effectively,

Coding Dojo has been offering bootcamps in a variety of popular languages since 2012, and they recently partnered with Seattle Central’s Continuing Education program to offer a part-time format for their LAMP and Python bootcamps. These classes are offered at nights and on weekends in order to provide an avenue for professionals to gain these important skills while also working full time.

We asked Coding Dojo’s Kevin Saito to provide us with more insight into the program, who would benefit from taking it, and what kind of experiences other students have had.

How long have you been teaching these classes?

Coding Dojo has been teaching these classes in a full time format for a few years.

LAMP was first taught in 2013 and Python was introduced in 2015.

What inspired you to teach these bootcamps?

LAMP is essentially the language that most of the early web was built on, so its a great foundational language for students.

Python, on the other hand, has been embraced by a number of very prominent tech companies which makes it a compelling addition to our curriculum.

How are these bootcamps different from others that you teach?

The main difference will be the format of the classes.

We normally teach these in a full time program and this will be the first time we offer both of these courses in a part time format.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Anyone who is interested in getting into web development or works with developers and would benefit from an increased understanding of web development or web technologies.

As many companies require their program and project managers to be more technically fluent, this is a great tool to have.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

The biggest thing we see is once the light goes on for students they really become a different person.

They talk differently, they carry themselves different, and they tend to be a lot more confident with themselves because they can now do something that they previously couldn’t and, in many cases, actually wondered if they would be able to ever do.

Key Takeaways

  1. A solid understanding of full stack web development
  2. A very solid understanding of web development
  3. The ability to build some pretty compelling web apps by the end of the course

Recommended Resources

Instructor Spotlight: Jessica Lisovsky

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Jessica Lisovsky - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Jessica Lisovsky - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Jessica Lisovsky - Spanish Language Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Take an Immersive Approach

One of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to live in a country that speaks it for awhile. But not all of us can hop on a plane and spend 6 months in Chile, so we have to rely on the next best thing: Learning the language using techniques similar to those of an immersion program.

Given her experience learning Spanish in a native-speaking country as a child, instructor Jessica Lisovsky teaches her Spanish classes using the Natural Way. She focuses on helping you develop your language skills in a manner similar to how children learn their first language — using visuals, conversation, and more.

Learn more about Jessica, and then consider joining her for one of her Spanish the Natural Way classes in the future.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

I teach Spanish the Natural Way (Beginning through Advanced levels) as well as a couple intensives on communication structures and Spanish fables and stories.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since the 1980s; I taught French and Spanish at Miami Central High School in Florida, and then started teaching Spanish at Seattle Central in 1990.

What's your educational & professional background?

I have a Bachelor’s in French and Spanish and a Master’s in Hispanic Studies.

What other kind of life experience do you have that influences what and how you teach?

My interest and propensity toward foreign languages and cultures began early in my life, with my parents.

My mother and father both spoke foreign languages and were always curious about other cultures.

My father was born in Europe and moved the family to Barcelona, Spain when I was 11 years old. I went to Spanish and French schools during the 7 years we lived there. I had family in Europe and my friends were all from non-American backgrounds.

Learning languages by living in-country or ‘immersed’ was a fascinating experience. There are times of great frustration rewarded by moments of insight and flashes of understanding that make communication with another human being seem almost magical.

I try to recreate those ‘moments’ for my students and always encourage them to travel and live in a foreign country so they might experience those moments and build on them.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

My students! I’m awed by their dedication and hard work and their willingness to enter into the activities I bring to class.

Learning a language is a bit like learning to play an instrument: It takes a long time to become an expert, but you can have fun in the process. Laughter is a big part of our classes.

Capitol Hill has always been a favorite neighborhood of mine. I like that SCC is a community focal point and hosts many interesting events that give voice to the central area of Seattle, as well as national and international issues.

The student body is very diverse and I feel very comfortable working in a place that is open to the world and its citizens.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

When a student reports that first experience of understanding — maybe it was interpreting for a Spanish-speaker who was in need, or they just broke through a grammar point that had dogged them — the excitement they show is what makes this work so rewarding for me.

Jessica's Favorites


  • Zora Neal Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
  • Everything Alice Walker, Barbara Kingsolver and Toni Morrison have written


  • Being outdoors — gardening, walking, skiing, swimming, hiking and sketching in national parks


  • I love so many movies so I’ll pick the most recent one that touched me deeply: Moonlight. It happens to take place in the Miami neighborhood where I taught high school for 6 years and I feel like I could have known the main character.


  • Ruthie Foster singing Maya Angelou’s poem: Phenomenal Woman


  • Spain is, of course, my home in many ways; I am always drawn to Barcelona where I spent my formative years. I have returned over and over to visit old friends and have watched it become an even more spectacular city with the opening of the city to the sea for the Olympics and the uniquely modernist architecture of Gaudi.
  • After seeing many great capitals with all the wonders they have, my best memories are from road trips across the countryside in Spain, Cuba, Mexico, stopping to have lunch in dusty villages, exploring local ruins or points of interest and hanging out at the local cafe and chatting with folks over a beer.

Seven Common Business Writing Mistakes

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Seven Common Business Writing Mistakes | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

. . . And How to Avoid Them

Guest post by instructor Christine Dubois

Do your business letters go straight to your customers’ waste baskets? Are you tearing your hair out composing your latest brochure?

Good writing doesn’t have to be hard. With a little practice, you can learn to write easily and effectively.

Start by avoiding these common mistakes:

1. Writing to Impress

There was a time when complex words, formal phrases, and vague, convoluted sentences were considered professional. Not anymore.

Nowadays, people want writing that’s clear, informal, and personal. Your customers won’t take the time to wade through businessese, bureaucratese, or any other writing disease.

If you really want to sound professional, try this: Use plain English. You’ve been speaking it successfully for years. Write like you talk: Simply, directly, conversationally. Use familiar words, short sentences. It’s easier for your readers — and for you.

2. Believing Everything Your 7th Grade English Teacher Taught You

Many people are still carrying in their heads the dire predictions of long-dead English teachers. But contrary to what Mrs. Johnson may have told you, the world will not end if you split an infinitive.

Lots of things you learned never to do are OK now. Like using sentence fragments. And starting sentences with “and” or “but.”

You can even use personal pronouns.

Just let your ear be your guide.

3. Forgetting Your Audience

We all know people who get so wrapped up in telling their story they ignore the people they’re talking to. It can happen on paper, too.

Picture your audience when you write, including:

  • What are their interests, skills, and passions?
  • What is their socio-economic or educational level?
  • What do they need to know?

Keeping your audience in mind will help make your writing more personal and to the point.

4. Fuzzy Thinking

Can you summarize your message in one sentence? No? Then stop writing and start thinking.

Clear writing begins with clear thinking. If you don’t know what you’re trying to say, your readers won’t either.

Before you write, state your main point in one sentence. Hang it where you can see it. It will help keep your writing on track.

5. Saving Your Main Point Until the End

A popular method of organization is to introduce the topic, present facts and arguments, and end with your recommendation.

There’s one problem: Most readers don’t ever get to your recommendation.

Instead, begin with your main point, conclusion, or recommendation.

For example, “Because orders have increased by 50 percent in the past six months, I recommend we hire two additional staff people.” Then give the supporting data.

Remember the summary sentence in #4? It’s a great way to begin your business letter or report.

6. Too Much Passive Voice

In passive voice, things happen without any direct human involvement. For example:

  • “It has been determined that . . . “
  • “There has been an overpayment in your account.”

If the person doing the action isn’t in the sentence (or is hiding behind the preposition “by”), you’re writing in the passive voice.

No one wants to do business with a company run by phantoms. Get real people back in your writing by using active voice, such as:

  • “My partner and I have determined . . . “
  • “You paid more than you owed us.”

7. Using Abstract Language

What’s wrong with these sentences?

  • “Hunger is a major problem in our city.”
  • “The quality of education is declining.”
  • “Good writing is important.”

They’re too general. They won’t stick in anyone’s memory.

To stay with your reader, your writing must present a concrete image. For example:

  • “Five-year-old Becky goes to bed hungry the last week of every month.”
  • “One quarter of the sophomores at Goodtimes High don’t have the math skills to develop a family budget.”
  • “A warm, personal writing style can build rapport with your clients–and improve your bottom line.”

Flesh out vague statements with specific examples.

Avoid these common writing mistakes, and your message will reach your customers’ hearts and minds — instead of their recycling bins.

Writing Resources

About Christine Dubois

Christine is an award-winning writer and editor who handles articles, newsletters, brochures, press releases, websites, resumes, and other writing projects for a variety of grateful clients.

She teaches writing classes at North Seattle and Seattle Central colleges, as well as for local businesses. Her warmth, knowledge, and enthusiasm make her a popular instructor.

Learn more at:

Explore the History of Propaganda in Film

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Is It Fake News or Is It Propaganda?

…and is there really a difference?

Since its invention, the film medium has been used by different societies to promote cultural ideas, inspire national solidarity, educate about its goals, and more.

In a new partnership with SIFF and Scarecrow Video, Seattle Central is excited to offer you the opportunity to delve into the history of propaganda in film, as demonstrated by four historical films designed specifically to influence the societies in which they were created.

Filmmaker and instructor Richie Meyer shared with us more about his inspiration for this class, why you’ll want to take it, and what you’ll walk away with.

What is your background?

I have been making films and teaching about films for 40 years.

My degrees are from Stanford University and NYU.

How long have you been teaching this class?

This is a new class at Seattle Central but I have taught similar courses at other universities.

What inspired you to teach this class?

The recent presidential election had many elements of propaganda in its use of the media.

How is this class different from others that you teach?

I will use real life situations — not theories — about the way different nations used film to influence people.

Who would benefit from taking this class?

Anyone who has an interest in the present political situation, and film in general.

What has been an inspirational moment that has occurred during this class?

After the courses were over, I have met former students who told me that the way they look at movies changed because of my classes.

Recommended Resources

In addition to the films that will be screened as part of this program, we recommend watching the following complementary films (all of which will be on hold and available for students at Scarecrow Video):

Week One

  • The Axe of Wandsbek
  • Bismarck
  • The Rothschild’s Shares in Waterloo
  • Hitler Youth Quex

Week Two

  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Ten Days that Shook the World
  • Strike

Week Three

  • Beast of Berlin
  • God is My Co-Pilot
  • 30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Week Four

  • Siberian Express
  • Attack at Dawn
  • Army

Key Takeaways

  1. An appreciation of the ways film and media propaganda manipulate facts
  2. Understand the film medium and its power
  3. Screen the great films of propaganda and learning how they were used
  4. Understand how the modern uses of propaganda in film build on those of the past

Seattle Central Cannabis Institute Partners with the Cannabis Alliance

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We're Bringing the Cannabis Industry to You

The Cannabis Institute at Seattle Central College is excited to announce that will now be hosting monthly meetings of the Cannabis Alliance.

The Cannabis Alliance “is a non-profit, membership-based association of individuals, businesses, government officials, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of a sustainable, vital and ethical cannabis industry.” Stated briefly, they work to make it work.

To learn more about the work that they do, we spoke with Danielle Rosellison, president of The Cannabis Alliance. In addition to her role with the Alliance, Danielle is co-owner of 502 producer Trailblazin’ Productions, and board member of both The Cannabis Farmers Council and Washington Federation of Marijuana Businesses.

For those unfamiliar, what exactly is the Cannabis Alliance? Why does it matter?

The Cannabis Alliance is the merging of 5 other cannabis associations who realized we are more powerful unified, than scattered and fractured.

We are a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of a sustainable, vital and ethical cannabis industry.

Basically, we’re the good guys.

Why is involvement with professional organizations important?

This industry, more so than most, has so many moving parts, as well as 70 years of misinformation.

In order to combat those misconceptions, we need to be organized and strategic. Professional organizations are the best way to accomplish those goals.

What are the Alliance's current priorities?

The Cannabis Alliance is focused on getting cannabis designated as agriculture (but not for tax purposes), legalizing sharing and consumption clubs, lowering the excise tax in some cases, and eliminating the excise tax for medical patients.

Is it open to those who want to be involved in cannabis and don't know where to start? How would you suggest someone become involved?

Come to a general meeting, which is on the second Thursday of the month from 12pm – 2pm, at Seattle Central’s Wood Technology Center.

It’s free the first time for students, and you can decide then whether or not you want to become a member. It’s a great way to network and learn more about this burgeoning industry.

Spring 2017 Registration is Open!

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Learn the Language of Business

This Spring is all about skill refinement, and learning the different ‘languages’ of the business world.

We’re launching our partnership with Coding Dojo, which will introduce you to two of the web’s most popular programming languages, PHP and Python.

If diving into the tech world isn’t for you, we’re offering workshops on delivering awesome presentations, how to give constructive feedback, the ins-and-outs of the social web, and more.

Join us!

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Coding Dojo: Python & LAMP Bootcamps
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Develop a Wellness Plan That’s Right for You

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Fitness Classes in Seattle WA
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Fitness Classes in Seattle WA

Over 40% of People Make New Year's Resolutions, but Only 9% of Them Feel They Achieve Them

Many resolutions are health-related, with things such as losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, and working out more often ranking highly on people’s New Year to-do lists. But with such a small portion of folks actually feeling successful in achieving their new goals, is there a better way to approach them?

When it comes to health, personal trainer EP Massey has been working with clients for over 30 years to help them set realistic goals, and then achieve them. He brings his extensive experience to our Six Steps to a Healthier You class, which provides customized tips and guidance on designing a wellness plan that works for your specific needs.

He’s seen a lot of success, and he’s seen failures, but what they both have in common is a commitment to making small changes over time, and then sticking with them. Here are a few of his suggestions.

Eat Your Weight Off

We’re often confused about how to lose weight because of so many competing short-term diet fads and promises of fast results. If it’s a fast and easy-to-do diet, it probably won’t help you maintain your weight loss over time.

Instead, think about developing an efficient eating plan, which provides you with a strategic program that incorporates all the important aspects of proper nutrition.

This means consuming the necessary calories your body needs to function while also ensuring that you are eating the right mix of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, and water.

No More 3 Meals a Day

EP’s first recommendation is to give up the idea of eating only 3 meals a day. “I think it’s old-fashioned and outdated,” he notes. “It’s very difficult to consume the calories and nutrients needed for successful weight control by eating only three meals a day. You’re often eating too many calories at once, which makes you a fat-storing machine, instead of a fat-burning machine.”

Instead, develop a plan where you eat four to six smaller meals each day. Here’s the strategy that EP uses for his clients:

  • Within 2 hours of waking up: Eat breakfast; this jump starts your metabolism.
  • Every 2 – 3 hours: Eat something small such as carrot sticks, string cheese, crackers; this keeps your metabolism running high all day
  • Within 5 hours of waking up / before 1:00 PM each day: Eat three small meals; this gives your body the energy it needs to operate, and ensures you’re not loading up on calories later in the day when your body is starting to slow down
  • At least 2 hours before bedtime: Eat dinner, and try to minimize or eliminate starches such as bread, rice, pasta, or potatoes; include plenty of green leafy vegetables combined with a lean protein

Make Weekends Work for You

EP also suggests taking a break on from your structured eating plan on the weekend; this will give you the room to enjoy some of the higher calorie, low in nutrients foods you might love (did someone say ice cream?!), and will help you maintain your structured diet plan for a longer period of time. This is also a great time to plan out your meals for the week ahead to make sure you stay on track.

Remember: It’s all about balance!

Prioritize Your Fitness

For most of us, working out isn’t a lot of fun, so coming up with a plan we can stick with is important. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

Set Annual Goals

Instead of saying “I’m going to the gym every day!” and then giving up on your goal when you can’t make it a few times in a row, think of how many times you want to go to the gym per year, and then break that down into monthly and weekly goals.

If you’re just getting back into the swing of things, try setting a target of 150 for the year, which is about 12 times per month and 3 times per week. If you go more often than that, great! But if you have something come up and you end up skipping a few days in a row, you can always look toward your annual goal and know that you’ll make up for it later.

And when you achieve that 150 this year, increase it to 175 or 200 next year. Ultimately, being active 4 – 7 days a week is ideal, but give yourself some time to establish and maintain your new exercise habit.

Schedule Yourself

Setting time aside to be active each day will ensure that you don’t overlook its importance. This could be going to the gym, taking a dance class, or running around your local park.

Whatever it is, try to do it for 30 – 45 minutes, and try to maintain your target heart rate for most of that time. You can determine your target heart rate by doing the following:

  1. Subtract your age from 220 = This is your maximum heart rate
  2. Multiply that number by 80% = This is your target heart rate

By staying within your target heart rate during your activity, you’ll burn fat, improve your cardiovascular system, and build up endurance.

If you can, get up an hour earlier and get active first thing in the morning. You’ll not only get it out of the way, it’s harder to over-schedule yourself at 5am in the morning!

“Plus, exercise produces endorphins, which will help you be more productive, have more energy, and be in a more positive mood throughout the day,” EP says. “You’ll also fire up your metabolism, so you’ll be a calorie-burning machine all day.”

It's Not All Cardio, All the Time

While cardio is an important part of staying fit, you can mix things up a bit by incorporating resistance training into your workouts. You can do this through traditional weight lifting, choreographed classes that incorporate weights, and even by using your own bodyweight.

Resistance training will not only shape and tone your body, it will aid you in burning up to 30 extra calories per hour while resting!

“You’re only burning calories while you’re actively doing cardio,” EP says. “But after weight training, your metabolism continues to soar, and you’ll continue to burn calories for up to two more hours.”

Just Add Weights

If you’re not ready to start pumping iron, you can get the benefits of resistance training by adding weights to the activities you already do. For example, try carrying three pound weights with you while you’re walking around your park, or increase the resistance on your favorite elliptical or stationary bike. Again, start small and build from there.

If you’re looking for more specific guidance on developing a fitness routine, diet plan, or setting realistic goals, consider joining EP during his next class!

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